There is a lot to worry about as a first time Mom, but babies and illnesses are the most worrisome.
Thank you SO much for the love yesterday for Annabelle. Having a sick baby is tough on everyone – especially us working parents. Last night B and I climbed in bed with Annabelle at 8pm… and we all went to sleep together. Granted she is supposed to be in her crib, we like to keep her close to us when she is sick.
The doctor said that her ear infection is back (I swear she has one once a month) and she has an upper respiratory infection. I was not surprised about the ear infection, but the respiratory sickness – that has me worried. Have you heard about Enterovirus D68? The CDC says that it is a severe respiratory illness spreading across the United States – mostly concentrated right now in Missouri and Illinois. It resembles a cold, but has more symptoms. Currently there is no specific treatment for the illness, but it is quite scary. Many children are ending up in the hospital with breathing problems, especially those with a history of asthma.
Yesterday Annabelle’s baby school emailed parents asking that we keep our children home if they show any sign of illness, due to the fact that Enterovirus D68 is now being seen here in Georgia. The baby school knows that parents might not be able to determine if there child has a cold, or this crazy virus, so to keep them home until they are seen by a doctor or their symptoms are gone.
Being a new Mom, I am quite frantic about the spread of this illness. Currently Annabelle has a respiratory infection – however the doctor said we shouldn’t be concerned unless she starts to have difficulty breathing. Sure, tell me to not be concerned when some scary virus is spreading across the country.
I am trying my best to keep things sanitary – at home and especially while I am teaching at school. The CDC recommends that we avoid kissing, hugging, and touching those that are sick, but how am I supposed to not love on my baby?!
Do you know anyone who has the Enterovirus D68?